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SPECIAL LICENCE PLATE

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Special license plates that promote California agriculture will begin appearing on vehicles including cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles in 2013.

Special license plates that promote California agriculture will begin appearing on vehicles including cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles in 2013.

 

The state Department of Food and Agriculture, which unveiled the design for the special plates, said money collected through their sale benefits youth leadership development, career awareness and training activities primarily serving secondary students enrolled in state-adopted agricultural education programs throughout California.

 

The plates incorporate a design that includes a sunrise over a fertile green field. Superimposed over the field are the words, "Food, Fiber, Fuel, Flora." The word "agriculture," in red block letters, runs along the bottom of the plate underneath the license number.

 

The state Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing the special plates in 2013. According to CDFA, anyone who has a currently registered California automobile, truck, trailer or motorcycle may order the agriculture license plates, including commercial vehicles.

 

The plates cost an additional fee above normal registration fees. For a randomly numbered set of plates, the cost is $50 to order the special plates and $40 per year to renew. For personalized plates, the cost is $98 to order and $70 a year to renew; personalized plates are limited to six characters.

 

Information about the special interest license plate may be found online at www.calagplate.com. Other resources include the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the California FFA Foundation. You can also see your local DMV office or FFA chapter for details.

AGRICULTURE TRUCKS

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The agricultural intrastate cargo securement exemption has been extended for another year by the California Highway Patrol commissioner, until April 30, 2019, or until federal regulations are adopted.

The agricultural intrastate cargo securement exemption has been extended for another year by the California Highway Patrol commissioner, until April 30, 2019, or until federal regulations are adopted.

Carriers who do not have an exemption letter from the CHP must apply using the forms on the CFBF website. Below, you'll find the information and forms needed to apply.

Those who have already applied for and received the exemption letter in previous years will automatically receive another extension through April 30, 2019, provided they carry a copy of the letter they received from the CHP in their vehicle and continue with their monthly reporting requirements.

TRUCK AND BUS REGULATION

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved the Truck and Bus regulation in December 2008 and has made several major changes since that time. The last set of changes were approved April 25, 2014. 

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved the Truck and Bus regulation in December 2008 and has made several major changes since that time. The last set of changes were approved by the ARB April 25, 2014.

Six sections of information are provided with greater detail in the More Info link below. The first section describes the rule as it applies to agricultural vehicles. The other five sections provide basic information about other compliance options if you did not previously register your vehicle as an agricultural vehicle.

Please note, the ability to register a vehicle with ARB as an agricultural vehicle closed on January 31, 2015. Registering as an agricultural vehicle is no longer an option if you did not register before the 2015 deadline.

There are numerous other compliance options beside the Agricultural Mileage provision. The options listed below are the ones most commonly used by the agricultural community but, as noted, only a few of them are still available. If none of these compliance options fits your needs, general compliance information about the truck and bus rule using the engine model schedule is in the sixth section.

  1. Agricultural Mileage Extension—Closed to registration

  2. Low-Use Vehicle Option—Still available

  3. Log Truck Option—Closed to registration

  4. NOX Exempt Option—Still available for limited trucks

  5. Low-Mileage Work Truck Option—Some limited use still available to specific trucks

  6. General Engine Model Year Compliance Schedules for Light and Heavy Trucks—Still Available